Veganism is a way of life in which one decides to live exclusively by avoiding cruelty to animals in search for food, clothing or any other purpose. It is a brave move by the brave few to give animals and the planet a chance to prosper to their fullest potential.
Currently there is much talk of Going Green: awareness of global warming dangers posed by the toxic emissions from factories and motor engines that run on fuel. The whole world has embarked on a grand shift to embrace eco-friendly alternatives like using electric cars, solar power, wind energy and others. With all these knowledge dissemination towards curbing global warming, why can’t we also include change of diet as a means to assist in this fight? Consuming plant products uses less toxic resources to the environment. In fact, most of the recipes for vegan diets are organic material. Preparing animal products takes a toll on the environment, from processing it in factories, transportation, storage, growing the animal feeds etc. All these processes require a vast amount of mechanized technologies and large tracks of land to grow the animal feeds. Land that could be put to good use by growing edible plants that not only supply healthy food, but also keeps the environment free of toxic emissions.
Going vegan is actually quite simple. If you have come as far as reading this page, you have taken your first step towards embracing it. You don’t have to go full blown all in a day’s work to begin. Baby steps, one day at a time. You can decide to set aside a time of day for a vegan meal. Could be breakfast or lunch or even finding a vegan alternative to your favorite snack. Some people are able to do the change overnight, if that is you, bravo! However, we are all uniquely different. The best way to go about it is by keeping your goal in mind, could be health matters, saving the environment, minding our dear animals or just a challenge you want to impose on self to test your grit. Whatever reason it is, let it form the basis for your motivation to work towards it. Remember to reward yourself anytime you make a milestone, no matter how big or small it may seem. Just know, by achieving it, you are way better than many who are struggling out there.
If you are a junk food lover, just know there are vegan alternatives to all the junks. Take your time to do a research and read widely on the vegan trend. Lucky for you, most of these resources are found in our workshops. Challenge yourself once in a while: think of a dream meal, how to make it, how it would taste, and what accompaniments it would require. Now think of replacing all aspects of it in plant form. You may realize veganism brings out some creativity hidden in you just waiting to be tapped.